Anaylsis - The 2013 Class

Washington got signatures from 22 players today so we at wanted to take a look at the entire class and how things played out and also give some grades to the positions that players will wind up playing and even look a ahead to the 2014 class and where their needs and focus will be...

As head coach Steve Sarkisian mentioned at the outset of his Signing Day press conference, he and his staff decided that the 2013 class was about quality not necessarily quantity.

With that in mind, here's a look at how things panned out and also a look, at the end of this article, on what positions will likely see the most targets during the 2014 recruiting cycle...

Quarterback - Washington offered three quarterbacks in this class -- Max Browne, Troy Williams and Cooper Bateman. They basically let it be known, the first quarterback to commit to them would be the one they take. Brown wound up committing to USC while Batemen chose Alabama. They won't come out and say it, but if you got Sark or any of the staff in a room where they could be completely candid, they would probably say they wanted Williams all along. He fits exactly what they are looking for in a signal-caller -- above-average arm, great leader and athletic. He's already on campus and we will get our first look at what he can do on the football field. Grade - A

Running Back - Washington went after several tailbacks early, but as things started to shake out, Lompoc's Lavon Coleman was the one that they wound up with and they couldn't be happier. Late in the process, Coleman was encouraged by the Husky staff to take some visits as he wasn't taking things seriously and was not representing the University of Washington well, however, he had a meeting with Sarkisian on Thursday this past week and it sounds like he got through to Coleman. He is a big back, already weighing in at 220 pounds, and Sarkisian and the staff are genuinely excited to see him come aboard. Grade - B+

Wide Receiver/Tight Ends - Overall, this is right up there with the top wide receiver classes in the country. Washington got quantity as well as quality. Sarkisian noted that John Ross, Demorea Stringfellow and Darrell Daniels were all players they targeted very early in the process and who fit exactly what they were looking for to add to their receiver corps. Ross is dynamic with the ball in his hands, Stringfellow is a big, physical wideout with outstanding leaping ability and Daniels is big and raw, but he has blazing speed. At tight end, David Ajamu was committed to Oregon State and Washington was in on some very good prospects at the position, but when players like Thomas Duarte (UCLA), Marcus Baugh (Ohio State) and Christian Morgan (Mississippi) all decided to head elsewhere, Washington came back around and decided that Ajamu, who is a very athletic and soft-handed prospect, was the right fit for them at the position and he switched up soon after the offer was extended. Grade - A-

Offensive Line - Heading into the 2013 recruiting class, Washington was in the market to add up to five prospects along the offensive line, but as things started to take shape, it appeared more and more likely that the number would wind up being less than that. Dane Crane, a center prospect, was the first to commit and he never wavered. Andrew Kirkland, who hails from the state of Oregon, impressed the coaches at the Rising Stars camp and earned an offer. He committed shortly after receiving the good news of his offer and Sarkisian mentioned that several big schools came after Kirkland late, but were unable to sway him from his decision to be a Husky. Lastly, Washington was able to haul in a very impressive under-the-radar type in Loyola's Coleman Shelton who is projected as a tackle, along with Kirkland. Washington beat out Colorado and a few other lower-level FBS programs, but a lot of that was because no one knew about him. Watch his film, the kid is pretty good. Also in the process, Washington had received commitments from the likes of Poasi Moala and Sean Harlow, but both went elsewhere -- Moala to UCLA and Harlow to Oregon State. In the end, Sarkisian noted that Washington was in the market for tackles and a center of the future and they couldn't be happier with who they got in the end. Grade - C+

Defensive Line - Washington was in the mix until the end for one of the top defensive linemen in the country, Eddie Vanderdoes, and also had a commitment from the number six overall defensive end in the country, Daeshon Hall. However, Vanderdoes eventually decided to go with his heart and discarded the Huskies while Hall stayed close to his mother and decommitted in a signing day ceremony where he elected to attend Texas A&M. Washington did wind up with a stellar class, regardless of the losses as Elijah Qualls, Andrew Basham, Marcus Farria and Joe Mathis are all top-quality players. The only problem is that all four have academic questions, however all but one (Basham) are on track to qualify as of today. Mathis and Farria are both defensive ends while Basham and Qualls look like they will play inside. Grade - B+

Linebacker - The Huskies got four very good linebacker prospects, but it is the one they missed - Bellevue's Myles Jack - that everyone seems to remember. As it is, Connor O'Brien, Azeem Victor, Keishawn Bierria and Sean Constantine were all exactly what the Huskies were looking for -- long, athletic and physical. O'Brien wowed the coaches with his physicality and sure-tackling while Victor is about as impressive of an athlete as there is in this class. Victor is projected as a middle linebacker, along with Constantine who is the shortest of the bunch, but also a hard-nosed player with a great Football I.Q. Lastly, Bierria was a player the Huskies offered late in the process, but he wasn't an under-the-radar player as he already had offers from the Pac 12 and Big 12 among others. Bierria's specialty is playing the run in the spread and that's exactly what the doctor ordered when playing teams like Arizona and Oregon. Grade - B+

Defensive Back - This was another position where Washington wanted to get longer and they certainly did that with the acquisitions of Kevin King and Jermaine Kelly at corner. King is long and lean, but he loves to hit while Kelly, who the Husky coaches had to fight off USC for, could likely be the steal of this class with his size, speed and athleticism. At safety, Trevor Walker can play in the box while Patrick Enewally could wind up playing free safety and will be a cover-safety when teams want to go to four and five receiver sets. Sarkisian raved about the athleticism, speed and football intelligence of the quartet. Grade - A

Kickers/Punters - Washington didn't go after a punter in this class, but they did find a player who can handle the kicking and punting in Cameron Van Winkle from Mount Si High School out in Snoqualmie. He's got a big leg and an accurate one too as he broke the state record for field goals made in a career (39). Expect him to challenge for the kicking duties during the spring (he's enrolling early) and push Travis Coons for the spot this summer and fall. If that happens then Coons would likely be the punter while Korey Durkee continues to work on his fundamentals. Grade - A

2014 Focus - A look at the scholarship tracker shows that the Huskies currently have 15 players scheduled to use up their eligibility after the 2013 season, but we all know how fluid the numbers are so some will leave and some will retire. It's just the nature of things.

Expect the Huskies to take a class of at least 20, if not more, and the focuses again will be the offensive and defensive lines, at least one or two running backs, at least two wide receivers, a tight end, a couple of linebackers and safeties and a quarterback.

Here's a "way too early" look at how the numbers might shake out...

QB - 1
RB - 2
WR - 2
TE - 1
OL - 4
DL - 4
LB - 2
DB - 3
ATH - 1 Top Stories